NBA Week 4 Injury Report: Tired Nash Retires?

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Nov 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash sits on the bench during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at New Orleans Arena. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 96-85. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

All kinds of unexpected drama can come up to plague your fantasy basketball lineup. Your star point guard can purposefully elbow someone in the face, resulting in a three-game suspension. A freak accident can turn your small forward from a Detroit-era Grant Hill into a post-Detroit-era Grant Hill. But nothing might be more damaging than an unexpected retirement. Of course, a true strategist prepares for all things.

Plus, there’s always the trusty XN Sports waiver wire.

Steve Nash (retirement?) – The star of this week’s post. Nagging back troubles have the once-MVP seriously thinking about retirement. So, that basically means that a good number of people threw away a sixth, seventh, or eighth-round pick for a 40-year-old’s reality check.

Stephen Curry (head) – As a top-five fantasy talent, this one especially hits home. Curry was hit in the head after colliding with Marvin Williams and is questionable for Wednesday’s game.

Trey Burke (finger) – Can it be? Trey Burke is already back? That seems to be the case as the rookie point should see a handful of minutes on Wednesday. If he’s on the waiver wire, you might want to give him a week to fall into a groove before snagging him though.

Rajon Rondo (knee) – The heady point guard is practicing in 5-on-5 contact drills. It could still be that he’s away for another month, but no matter, Boston rejoice!

Al Jefferson (ankle) – It’s been on again, off again for Jefferson and that doesn’t seem to be ending soon. Most likely, he won’t suit up until Friday.

The Brooklyn Nets Team (back, ankle(s), life in general)Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are back to playing (not that it’s helping the Nets at all) but Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, and Andrei Kirilenko are all out with injury. They’re also all questionable for Wednesday’s game at MJ’s arena in Charlotte.

Michael Carter-Williams (foot) – The Syracuse man has been surprising all on the court and should be back to it Wednesday.

Lance Stephenson (foot) – A few days of rest will sit well on the Pacers, who just had their streak snapped by the resurgent Bulls. It will also help Stephenson who should miss no playing time despite a minor foot injury.

Trevor Ariza (hamstring) – Ariza is highly unlikely for today’s game and might be out until the end of the week. Monitor his progress as he can have big games.

Jimmy Butler (toe) – The guard/forward himself referred to his ailment as “nothing major.” So he’ll be back in the Bulls’ lineup for Thursday’s bout with the runnin’ Nuggets.

Metta World Peace (knee & death in family) – MWP is dealing with a lot at the moment including a Knicks team that looks effectively horrible. Coach Mike Woodson is hopeful the ex-Laker could be back Wednesday but remain skeptical until further news.

Bogar Alonso is a dedicated student of the hardwood, soccer pitch, boxing ring, and tennis court. He is a regular NBA contributor to XN Sports. His work, involving more than just sports, has appeared on The Creators Project, A&E Networks, XXL Magazine, and others. Follow Bogar on Twitter @blacktiles
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